- Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices Flight School offers the Arts on Main summer program for ages 13-18.
- The first session featured artist Nate Lovett. Upcoming Chris Campbell on Mindfulness and Bobby Dotson on Music.
- Art and music are often used in therapy and counseling with CBHCs. The program shows different aspects.
- The arts can be a creative outlet for the person, but it can also connect and impact others.
COSHOCTON – Using the arts as a therapeutic tool led to a summer program for teens.
The Arts on Main summer program will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 13 and 20 at artPARK on Main Street, across from the Coshocton County Courthouse. It is for 13 to 18 year olds. Other activities could be scheduled in the future.
Artist Nate Lovett worked with 11 students on creating a watercolor character for the first installment. The next program will be a relaxing trip with Chris Campbell. Exploring the world of music with Bobby Dotson will be the last week.
The program is presented by the Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices Flight School, which offers counseling and programs for youth and families. Renee Fleming of Flight School said they wanted to provide creative and constructive activity for teens in the outdoors because the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for them to socialize with their peers.
“Kids today are facing a lot of anxiety and COVID has really increased that,” Fleming said. “Sometimes schools are overwhelmed with teaching the basics. Some of that artistic stuff gets dropped. Not everyone is good at everything, so it’s good for them to see point-of-sale options. they are good at, they can be proud of. ”
Lovett is a freelance illustrator who has worked on children’s books and comics. He said that when most people think of watercolors, it’s still lifes and landscapes. However, he wanted to show the teenagers that it could be more.
“If you’re interested in art, the encouragement to stick with it, whether it’s music, drawing, painting or whatever, is huge. Sometimes kids get a little overwhelmed when they’re older. young people. They are interested in it, but parents direct them towards studies, sports and other things, “said Lovett.” You can legitimately make art for a living.
Fleming believed Lovett would connect with young people because his work featured superheroes and video game characters. Students were provided with crayons to draw and watercolor paints to create their own characters.
The session with Campbell will focus on mindfulness, which Fleming said is a topic they talk about in counseling and can be difficult to explain to young people. Campbell is trained in natural healing and works for schools in the town of Coshocton.
“She knows what these kids are going through on a daily basis and can relate to the kids. She can bring it to their level so that it makes sense to them,” Fleming said. “Mindfulness doesn’t require any materials. It’s just about using your body and mind. You are in control of a situation and teaching them to control their anxieties.”
Dotson is a local musician and will talk about how music took him to places in life he never would have been.
“Kids listen to their iPods and listen to music, but they never really think about how they can be that person. They can make music and how this trip can be very rewarding, not just to help them make it. dealing with their emotions, but touching the lives of others with music, ”Fleming said.
Register for the free programs by contacting the Flight School at 740-622-0033, ext. 114. All supplies are provided.